feather picking ?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Buckhunter, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. Buckhunter

    Buckhunter Songster

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    any suggestions to help stop feather picking ????

    We have several hens with big bald spots now and it doesnt seem to be going away ............... I guess the feathers would grow back ?????? .................. if the picking stopped ?????????
     
  2. swedishfish

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    I was wondering this too!
    I think I've seen things called peepers, that look like glasses with no clear part, so the birds can't see what they're pecking. It make it so they can't aim. I think....
     
  3. sovia

    sovia Songster

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    Buckhunter,

    There are lots of good posts on the forum regarding this subject. You should definitely do a search and read them. I had this problem last fall. It can be VERY difficult to break. I ended up rehoming/culling a good portion of my flock because of it. Just a couple things off the top of my head - give only BOSS for treats/hang cabbages, etc. to give them something to do/freerange if at all possible. I tried hot pick, axle grease, vicks vapor rub, you name it. And, I had a huge coop/run. I live in a place with a ton of predators, but, I finally decided I had enough with the picking and threw the run door open one day. What a change.
     
  4. Buckhunter

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    well ......... I dont have to worry about the roo anymore ..........[​IMG]


    My 11 month old german shepherd ate him today !!! [​IMG] ............. we've been letting them roam a lot lately to see if it helps
     
  5. highcountrychickens

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    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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  7. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Songster

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    Pinless peepers worked like a charm. I had some serious picking. Most of my birds had bare butts and a few were getting bloody. I tried pine tar (recommended here) and Vicks (also recommended here). Neither worked very well. Pinless peepers did an amazing job. The picking stopped the second I put the peepers on. I left them on until they started to feather out again and then took them off. No problems at all. They've lost the urge to pick.
     
  8. Buckhunter

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    what are pinless peepers ????? how do they work and where do you get them????
     

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